Recipe by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
"Chunks of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with basil and fresh spinach are baked with multi-grain penne pasta and topped with cheese."
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1 1/2 cups
multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 (9 ounce) bag
fresh spinach leaves
boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
dried basil leaves
1 (14.5 ounce) can
diced tomatoes, drained
1 (14 ounce) jar
PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel cheese, cubed
KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
This was good, but not great. We ate it, I would make again for a change of pace, but would not add it to the regular rotation.
Had okay flavor. Forgot to add the spinach to the pasta, so I sauteed it with the chicken instead. Still turned out ok.
My family loved it! I tore the spinach leaves before cooking, also added extra cheese and pasta. Made it in a 9x13 pan and broiled the top the last few minutes. Easy and tasty! Will definitely make again.
Ok full disclosure: I made a few VERY MINOR modifications so I could use hat I had on hand. At the end, I was licking the pots, the spoons, everything. It was amazing.
- elbow macaroni for penne pasta. (Not whole wheat)
- Philly light cream cheese for Neufchâtel
- marble instead of mozzarella
- Aylmer brand garlic and olive oil finely diced tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes.
- when I poured in my spaghetti sauce, in order to clean out the Bottle I poured in 3-5oz of leftover white wine, swished it in the bottle and dumped that into the sauce
Finally, I added 2 tsp of sirracha garlic chili sauce for a tiny kick.
Go forth and pasta bake, you won't regret it!!!
This meal is very easy to make and filling. We added sriracha and ranch dressing to add a bit more flavor and spice.
I will be making this again! everybody loves it, even my picky 2yr old eater..if I can get him to clean his plate then it's a keeper. I didn't alter anything perfect the way it's written.
I made this dish for my boyfriend and I and lets just say him and I were fighting over the last piece. I'm making it again real soon!!
My family didn't enjoy the diced tomatoes added. It might have been better with just spaghetti sauce.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 433
** Calories from Fat: 107
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